Zach MinersU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Zach Miners covers social networking, search, and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Yahoo's search share creeps up after becoming Firefox's default

It rose in December to its highest point since 2009, according to StatCounter.

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FTC ends inquiry into manipulated reviews on Yelp

Some businesses claimed Yelp strong-armed them into buying ads.

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Twitter suffers outage just as Sony took the stage at CES

The outage came after the devastating cyberattack against Sony

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Facebook acquires speech-recognition startup Wit.ai

Is a verbal "Like" feature on the way?

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Apple Watch: A billboard for ads on the wrist?

TapSense, a mobile ad exchange, launches a platform for Apple's new device

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Kim Dotcom's Mega to launch anti-spying call and chat service 'soon'

The new service, apparently named MegaChat, will be browser-based.

Are you ignored on Twitter? Updated iOS app is brutally honest

Users can now access analytics for their tweets in the app.

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Silly startups: Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels ... the dumb ones

Genetic-based dating, illegal parking, awkward wake-up calls and more!

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Staples says hack may have compromised 1 million-plus payment cards

The attack hit stores in 35 states from California to Connecticut

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Judge questions evidence on whether NSA spying is too broad

A federal lawsuit charges that the government's Internet surveillance is unconstitutional

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Uber temporarily suspends service in Portland

The move comes following a lawsuit from the city against Uber

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Messaging app Line buys Microsoft's MixRadio music-streaming app

Microsoft says that Line gives MixRadio 'an excellent platform for expansion'

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Sony cancels 'The Interview' release as terrorist threats follow crippling cyberattacks

The studio said it was the victim of an 'unprecedented criminal assault.' It's rattled theater chains enough for them to block the opening of the comedy film.

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Uber envisions a safer ride in 2015

The company is looking at using new driver screening methods, which may include polygraph tests

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Google's work on full encryption chugs along, with Yahoo's help

Code has been migrated to GitHub to foster involvement from the wider tech community